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The Orrick City Council is awaiting a response from an area cement company that will determine how it will go about cleaning up dumped cement clogging a city drainage ditch.
Public Works Director Ed Sherwood informed the council Thursday evening that a driver from Mills Concrete recently deposited a yard of about three-feet-deep cement in a ditch at the corner of Sibley on Orrickâ€™s south side while working on a residentâ€™s driveway. Sherwood said itâ€™s unclear who told the driver to dump the cement in the ditch.
â€œI donâ€™t know if itâ€™s the responsibility of (Mills Concrete owner) Jimmy (Mills) because he told the driver to dump there, or the driverâ€™s responsibility because itâ€™s his load and he decided to dump in one of the cityâ€™s ditches,â€ Sherwood told the council.
â€œThe best probable way to think, is we hold everybody responsible,â€ said alderman Todd Wyse.
Sherwood received an account of what happened when he contacted Mills Concrete and spoke personally with the driver responsible. City Attorney Kevin Baldwin said a water department inquiry is underway to determine how to best handle the clean-up.
A â€œfriendly requestâ€ has been made for Mills Concrete to address the clean-up, Baldwin said. He added that if it isnâ€™t addressed in a timely manner, the city has the option of pursuing criminal charges for dumping.